Dancing Classes: Dancing classes continue every Monday night in the hall in Ballyhahill from 9 until 11.00 o’clock. This is always a great night where people get an opportunity to learn Ballroom dancing, the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot and many more steps. This is always a great night. Everyone welcome.
Cycle/ Run/Walk: The cycle and run/ walk which was held last weekend was a great success. The committee of Bally Rovers FC and Gerald Griffins ladies football club put in many hours of hard work over the past few months and it paid off. The whole event ran smoothly and it was a great day for the parish. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. It takes a lot of manpower to make these events so successful and people were very generous with their help and expertise. Well done to all involved and thanks to everyone who supported and participated in each event. The full report and all the results will be seen in this paper next week.
Whist Drive: There is a practice whist game in the resource centre in Loughill this Sunday night 8th. September at 8.30 p.m. Anyone who wants to learn how to play whist or anyone who wants a refresher course can come along. Our usual whist drive will be starting back every Sunday night at the end of the month.
Ballyhahill/Loughill ICA: The Ballyhahill/Loughill branch of the ICA will hold their next meeting Tuesday night September 17th. Please take note of the change of date. Hoping to see you all there.
Going Strong: Our next get together of our Going Strong Group will take place Tuesday next 10th September in the hall in Ballyhahill at 2.00 pm. Looking forward to seeing you all after the summer break. We would welcome newcomers.
Autumn Break to Co. Wicklow: Great South Trail has announced a three day short break to the beautiful County of Wicklow with visits to Dublin and Waterford cities also included. The tour begins on Monday September 30th. from Limerick station leaving on the 8.55 a.m. train to Dublin. Following a five hour stop to explore our capital city and another train journey to Arklow the holiday base will be reached after 6.00 p.m. This is the oldest hotel in Ireland at Woodenbridge where two nights dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided in the Lodge. There is a walkway from the hotel to the famous beauty spot of the “Meeting of the Waters” in the Vale of Avoca. On Tuesday October 1st. there will be a full day coach tour of Co. Wicklow including Avondale home of C.S. Parnell, Glendalough and a walk along the old railway line at Tinahely which has been developed by the local community. On Wednesday October 2 there is an hour coach transfer to Carlow followed by a direct train to Waterford. There will be four hours to browse our most ancient city and its many visitor attractions before departing on the 4.25 pm train to Limerick station arriving at 6.40 pm where the tour ends. The cost is €175 per person sharing or €215 for single room which includes two nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all train and coach trips and admissions to attractions in Co.Wicklow. The cost would be much higher were it not for the generosity of Iarnród Éireann. They awarded the Great Southern Trail one of their “Journeys On Us” free railway trips which they offer to several community groups each year. The Dublin-Arklow railway is one of Ireland’s most scenic lines with long stretches hugging the Irish Sea before it enters the woodlands as it passes through the Vale of Avoca. The Waterford - Limerick line also has a fair share of scenery as it travels the Suir Valley passing Sliabh na mBan, the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee mountains. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Liam O’Mahony, 9 Bishop St. Newcastle West, 087/ 6471956. A non refundable deposit of €40 must be paid by Monday September 9th. so that numbers can be finalised and so ensure accommodation and seat reservations on the trains. Cheques should be made payable to “Great Southern Trail”.
Bally Rovers: There was no jackpot winner at the draw which took place at The Knockdown Arms Tuesday night last 27th August. The numbers drawn were as follows: 12, 20, 27 and 29.
Lucky Dip Winners: €75 Noel Martin, Lisready, Loughill; €50 P Houlihan, Flean, Ballyhahill; €50 Sean Windle, Glin; €30 Irene Reidy, Athea; €30 Tom Fogarty, Loughill and €30 Josephine O’Connor, c/o Donal Dineen:
10 Free Tickets: Sean Fitzgerald, Athea:
Promoter’s Prize: Paddy O’Rourke:
The jackpot this week is €20,000 and the draw was held at Barr na Sraide in Ballyhahill Tuesday night last 3rd. September.
Gerald Griffin’s Lotto: results from September 2. There was no jackpot winner at the draw which took place Monday night last 2nd. September at The Angler’s Rest in Loughill. The numbers drawn: 6, 17, 26, 27. Lucky Dip Winners: €80 Chris O’Sullivan, Ballyhahill; €35 Con Ambrose, Loughill; €35 Pat Kenrick, Ballyhahill and €20 Yvonne Shaw, Fortfield, Ballyhahill.
Promoter’s Prize: Chris O’Sullivan.
The jackpot next week will be €7,000 and the draw will be held at The Knockdown Arms Sunday night next 2nd. September.